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About American Speckle Park Association

The American Speckle Park Association (ASPA) was found in early 2021 by a group of Speckle Park breeders looking to promote and grow this versatile breed in the United States. The rolls of ASPA within the breed will be to maintain an accurate herd book, uphold breed standards, promote the breed, and educate the industry of the benefits of Speckle Park Cattle.

Charter Members

The following Charter Members of ASPA had the idea to organize the Association for Speckle Park breeders in the United States. These members have been integral to the organization and foundation of this Association.


Bob Harris

Bob and his wife Kristal are a first-generation farming family. They are the owners/operators of Golden Leaf Speckle Park in Chatham, Virginia. Bob has always been involved in production agriculture and in 2003 he was able to purchase his great-grandfather's farm. Throughout the years, the Harris family diversified their tobacco farming operation to include cattle, industrial hemp, small grains, and a Perdue poultry house.

In 2018, Bob was introduced to Speckle Park cattle and immediately developed a passion for the breed. The family began the process of rebranding the farm and moving away from row crops to primarily a Speckle Park beef operation. Incorporating the past, tobacco, and the future, Speckle Park cattle, the family renamed their farming operation Golden Leaf Speckle Park.

Follow Golden Leaf Speckle Park on Facebook to find out more about the Harris family and their operation or email at harrisfarmsva@gmail.com.


Ron Carty

Ron Carty Jr. comes from a long line of farmers dating back to the early 1700's in the Eastern United States. Ron and his wife Barbara own Timely Manor Farm in Springfield Township in southern New Jersey. They are currently establishing a new ranch in Blairs, Virginia, which is located in the south-central part of the state, both of which have cattle grazing on them. With this year's calves on the ground, they have 50+ purebred registered and registered-eligible Speckle Park cattle. Additionally, they have ten more purebred Speckle Park calves on the way this Fall. Ron and his father had successful and long careers with Dairy Cattle until 1996 when Ron sold his 90 cow dairy herd because he saw a chance to foray into raising beef cattle, which was always his dream. While trying to establish a niche market for beef, he started with a commercial herd consisting of a few different breeds. He stumbled upon some Canadian Speckle Park breeders at the National LIvestock show in Denver in 2011. After doing some extensive research on the breed, Ron and Barb flew to Edmonton, Alberta to view firsthand some of the Speckle Park cattle up for auction. Shortly, after, the transition into the breed began in 2012 and has been rewarding ever since to say the least. Ron registered the first ever American bred Speckle Park animal (Timely Manor Ember 1B) with the Canadian Association in July of 2016, which coincided with the exact date of the 10th Anniversary of the Canadian Speckle Park breed. Ron has enjoyed working with Speckle Park cattle; they have a lot of positive characteristics and traits from disposition, to efficiency, to calving ease. Ron is blessed with a lot of friends in his life, but has made even more because of the taste and tenderness of his beef. Please follow Timely Manor Speckle Park Cattle on Facebook or email at timelymanor@comcast.net.

Cole Keyser

As a fourth-generation farmer, with roots going back to dairy cattle and fruit trees. He is co-owner of Heavenly Acres, located in Esperance, New York, with his father. Currently, the main part of the farm consists of registered Speckle Park cattle, with a small hay and fruit crop on the side.

In the fall of 2017, Cole bought his first two Speckle Park heifers from Ontario. Heavenly Acres transitioned to a Speckle Park herd in 2020, with a focus on the genetic side.

Please follow Heavenly Acres on Facebook to stay informed on the current news with cattle and shows come fall!


Cory Ducherer

Cory along with his wife Katlin, two amazing girls, Hennessy and Scarlett, and his parents Barry and Elaine, operate River Hill Farm based out of Neilburg, Saskatchewan Canada. The Ducherers have been involved in the Speckle Park Breed since 1995 and have always been major advocates for the merits and advancement of the breed. River Hill has been involved in the establishment and development of the breed in many countries all over the world, including the United States.

Cory has served as a member of the Canadian Speckle Park Association for four years and is currently the Vice President. He has been a driving force in the push to spread the merits of the breed into the United States. Cory believes that the Speckle Park Breed, when incorporated into American herds, will enhance the quality and return out of every producer's operation.

Feel free to contact Cory with any questions or thoughts on the limitless opportunities in this extremely exciting breed of beef cattle that are Speckle Park! Keep up to date with Cory and his family's operation by following the River Hill Facebook page.

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